SOLARES ODK Profiling of potential Member-Consumers in Maasim, Sarangani

As part of the EU-funded SOLARES project’s social preparation, a survey/profiling for each of the 5,000 off-grid households in 50 target barangays shall be conducted to validate and establish the individual socio-economic profile, the willingness to participate in the project, and capacity to pay of the potential household beneficiaries. The survey results will serve as baselines to measure future project impact at the household/community level and to help determine/map out the actual location/coordinates of the potential household beneficiaries.

On May 2-14, 2019, the SOLARES project team conducted the ODK profiling in its target benefeciaries in 11 Brgys. in Maasim, Sarangani Province namely: (a) Kablacan; (b) Bales; (c) Lumasal; (d) Amsipit; (e) Kamanga; (f) Daliao; (g) Kanalo; (h) Pananag; (I) Lumatil; (j) Colon; and (k) Nomoh.

Prior the actual profiling, the project team together with nine (9) enumerators conduct Brgy. Courtesy Calls to the Sitio/Purok Leaders to inform them of the purpose of the activity & to allow the team to conduct profiling. Every enumerator received an umbrella and powerbank which they can use as they will be profiling scattered or distant households using android tablets.

The enumerators were residents in Maasim, Sarangani and were all familiar with the local conditions, the people, and cultural sensitivities of the target areas. For 13 consecutive days, they were able to endure the scorching heat and trekked arduous areas, typically on foot & motorcycle and profiled a total of 733 households. Please refer to the table below for the total number of of households profiled per Barangay.

Name of BarangayTotal # of Households Profiled
Kablcan144
Bales 127
Lumasal 119
Amsipit78
Kamanga71
Daliao51
Kanalo26
Pananag23
Lumatil16
Colon1
Nomoh 77
TOTAL733

RESOURCEGov monitors the OGP Commitments of South Cotabato

The RESOURCEGov 2 Project convened with its Provincial LGU counterparts in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments of South Cotabato on April 30, 2019. Held at the Provincial Planning and Development Office – South Cotabato, Mr. Roel Ian Blanker, the RESOURCEGov2 Project Manager facilitated the updating of Open Monitoring & Evaluation commitment. A total of 9 individuals (5 Male, 4 Female) attended the activity.

The team accomplished the following: updating of the ODK-based project monitoring forms of the province, linked the PPMC monitoring results to the RESOURCEGov 2 ODK account, integrated the website recommendations of the South Cotabato Integrity Circle, developed an ODK-based citizen satisfaction and feedback form, patterned the feedback form based on the feedback requirement of the DevLive app, and updated the official provincial government website of South Cotabato together with the Public Information Office (PIO). Aside from meeting the OGP Commitments, this activity is also a preparation to the regular meeting of the Provincial Project Monitoring Committee of South Cotabato on May 2, 2019 where Mahintana, through the project, provides technical assistance. As to date, the LITS has been installed and there is a pending staff orientation about the system due to elections. Aside from the LITS, the team agreed to schedule the setup of the livestream SP sessions as one of the deliverables of the Open Legislation commitment.

Mahintana connects with Mongolian NGO for OGP Commitments Peer Learning Dialogue

Open Government Partnership (OGP) Partnerships & Events Consultant for Asia Pacific Ms. Ivy Ong facilitated the meeting of its OGP Partners, the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Democracy Education Center (DEMO), for a peer learning experience regarding their OGP commitments. The two parties agreed to communicate through teleconference call on March 18, 2019, 8:00 AM. Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker attended the teleconference call with DEMO Director Ms. Undral Gombodorj.

DEMO is a Mongolian NGO that launched the mobile app community-based monitoring tool called Check My Service. This initiative was selected by the OGP as one of the best Asia Pacific regional innovations in 2014 and 2016, and received an OGP Global Award in 2016. To date, Check My Services app has already monitored 101 government services of Mongolia. Mahintana, on the other hand, introduced the OGP Commitments such as Open Monitoring using the ODK and Open Legislation using the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS). As to date, the ODK-based project monitoring forms has already finished its dry run stage. Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC) has deemed the ODK system easy-to-use and time-saving in data collection and consolidation. The next step is for the ODK-result map to be linked to the provincial government’s website for public to access and provide feedbacks. For the LITS, the 1st phase, which is archiving of the legislative documents of the province, is already done. The 2nd phase is to make the LITS accessible online, and the 3rd phase is to provide a comment section where the citizens can leave their comments and suggestions.

Mahintana facilitates TFP2K Organization Meeting

Mahintana facilitated an organizational meeting for Task Force Polomolok Kalikasan at Kaligtasan (TFP2K) on March 4, 2019 at MFI Conference Room, Brgy. Cannery, Polomolok. It aimed to orient the invited members of the task force spearheaded by Local Government Unit of Polomolok through the MENRO together with the Non-Government Organizations, Civil Society Groups, private sectors, groups’ offices and entities about the TFP2K.

The task force is a voluntary group that shall serve as the partner of the Local Government of Polomolok in environmental protection and conservation and DRR-CCA. It shall also serve as the consultative and advisory body to the LGU through the MENRO. Agreed during the meeting is to draft an Executive Order as legal basis of the task force to be submitted to MENRO and to the Sangguniang Bayan. Finalized EO, Signing and Induction, as well as, Launching of Task Force is proposed to be conducted during the celebration of “Amyak Maleh” and World Forest Day.

Mahintana and ANSA-EAP conduct Peer Learning Dialogue on OGP Commitments

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Open Government Partnership (OGP) Partnerships & Events Consultant for Asia Pacific Ms. Ivy Ong facilitated the meeting of its OGP Partners, the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP), for a peer learning experience regarding their OGP commitments. The two parties agreed to communicate through teleconference call on February 18, 2019, 10:30AM.

Mahintana Operations Manager Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and Project Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc attended the teleconference call with ANSA-EAP Executive Director Mr. Redempto “Don” Parafina. Each party introduced their respective organizations and the programs and projects implemented by their organizations. ANSA-EAP, according to Mr. Don, works with projects about the governance particularly in citizen’s participation through technology. Mr. Blanker shared the programs of Mahintana focusing on the RESOURCEGov Project under the Institution-building & Governance Program. He said that Mahintana supports the OGP South Cotabato in Open Monitoring and Open Legislation using the Open Data Kit (ODK) and Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS).  On the other hand, Mr. Parafina shared the CheckMySchool app, an issue-based app that can be used as a reporting tool regarding issues and concerns of schools in the Philippines. Issues such as deficiencies in schools/classrooms to be fixed, frequent absences of teachers, etc. can be reported through the app. After the discussion, the parties agreed to coordinate for the updates in the OGP commitments to be met by each organization.

AKRHO-Polomolok Celebrates 5th Foundation through Tree Growing

In celebration with their 5th Foundation Chapter Anniversary, the AKRHO–Polomolok Council conducted a tree growing activity in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Riverside, Prk. Malinawon, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok, on January 6, 2019. A total of 500 bamboo hills were planted at the mentioned site. Eight AKRHO – Polomolok Council members participated the activity. The AKRHO agreed to monitor their adopted area periodically and report to MFI the status of the plants.

 

Mahintana Staff undergoes Fire Drill

November 12, 2018 – Mahintana staff underwent Fire Drill exercises after the monthly staff meeting. This activity aims to educate and train the staff about fire prevention and suppression. Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Polomolok Fire Station (PFS) Plans and Training Chief FO2 Rechie Guilaran and SFO1 Ruben D. Salvan. A short orientation on Workers’ Information on Safety and hazard and Fire Safety Program in the workplace was conducted.

For a practical drill, the fire officers set up a fire outside the building to simulate a situation where a fire extinguisher can be used. Each participant was given a certificate of participation after.

Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Self Appreciation Day 2018 #StandUpForYourself #InspireOthers

In celebration of the 41st founding anniversary of Mahintana Foundation Inc., its Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan (PTFK) organized the Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Self Appreciation Day #StandUpForYourself #InspireOthers with the theme “Be Empowered: Build Your Future, Pursue Your Dreams” on August 23, 2018 at Municipal Gymnasium, Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato. The event was made possible with the support of Local Government Unit (LGU) of Polomolok, through the Municipal Health Office (MHO), and Dole Philippines, Inc. through Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI).  This is also in partnership with the Provincial Health Office, Department of Education, Health Education Promotion Officers (HEPOs) of the partner cooperatives, PNP-Polomolok, Civil Security Unit and was participated by at least 6,000 high school students from 10 public and 6 private schools in Polomolok.

The activity composed of the contest such as: Modern Dance, Spoken Poetry, Slogan Making, Team Quiz Bee and the most-awaited Battle of the Bands. Messages were heard from Municipal Health Officer (MHO) Dr. Edwin D. Dipus, MFI Board of Trustees on Health Dr. Eva B. Hormigos, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Rogelio B. Aturdido, Dole Philippines, Inc. Supervisor for Community Relations Department (CRD) Mr. Karlo D. Hora, and Municipal Mayor Hon. Honey Lumayag-Matti. To further inspire the students to strive for their dreams and aspirations, Rev. Orlando Macaspac shared his life story of how drugs and vices destroyed his life and how he stood up from it all by the help of the Lord. While waiting for the results of the tabulation of scores, President and CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot gave the closing message thanking the participants and the support of the stakeholders.

Below is the list of the winners.

Team Quiz Bee 

1st place – Upper Klinan National High School

2nd place – Landan National High School

3rd place – Polomolok National High School

Modern Dance Competition

1st place – Poblacion Polomolok National High School

2nd place – Palkan National High School 

3rd place – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz of Polomolok Inc.

4th place – Dole Philippines School

5th place – Polomolok National High School

Slogan Making Competition

1st place – Polomolok National High School

2nd place – Silway-8 National High School

3rd place – Landan National High School

4th place – Poblacion Polomolok National High School

5th place – Notre Dame Siena College of Polomolok

Spoken Poetry Competition 

1st place – Palkan National High School

2nd place – Notre Dame Siena College of Polomolok

3rd place – Upper Klinan National High School

4th place – Bentung Sulit National High School

5th place – Poblacion Polomolok National High School

Song Composition and Battle of the Bands

1st place – Polomolok National High School

2nd place – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz of Polomolok Inc.

3rd place – Poblacion Polomolok National High School

4th place – Landan National High School

5th place – Christian School of Polomolok

PTFK conducts Learning Package on Parent Education

Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan-Adolescent Reproductive Health Program in partnership with Dole Philippines and Local Government Unit through Mahintana Foundation, Inc. conducted Training of Trainers on Learning Package on Parent Education on Adolescent Health and Development to the ARH Advocates and Principals of the 10 partner public secondary high school on May 21-22, 2018 at CCT-Retreat and Training Center, Sitio Lao, Brgy. Nagpan, Malungon, Sarangani Province.

The two-day ToT was graced by the President and CEO of Mahintana Foundation, Inc. Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot and three (3) resource speakers from the Provincial Population Commission namely, Ms. Melanie Chiva, Ms. Vanessa Pamplona and Ms. Crispy Arves. At the end of the training, the ARH Coordinators and Advocates submitted activity plan schedules of each school of the roll-out of the same training.

The ToT’s objectives are the following: to undertake parents’ education program on adolescent responsible sexuality; to provide age-appropriate, values laden and rights based (right to protection, development and participation) information, education and counseling services (at home, in-school, out-of-school, workplaces and other settings; to conduct training for youth on life skills and fertility awareness; to capacitate programs implementers and advocates as program partners; to equip the parents and educate them with the necessary knowledge on sexuality and other health related concerns of adolescents and skills on communicating such concerns to their children; and to highlight the role of parents as primary source of accurate and sound information on adolescent health and development including ASRH.